The appearance of Gordon Ramsay last week just goes to show how Hong Kong continues to grow as one of the leading destinations for all things to do with food. From Michelin-starred fine dining to some of the coolest hole-in-the-wall eateries, we seem to have it all but new restaurants just keep on opening, closing and opening again.
Here’s our pick of the hottest new Hong Kong tables to book this fall for high-quality food in more comfortable and laidback surrounds.
Opened by the same folks behind sustainable eatery Locofama, Sohofama looks to bring Chinese comfort food to PMQ to promote local organic ingredients and healthy eating. Highlights include steamed whole crab in organic egg whites, sweet miso eggplant casserole and Yeung Chow fried rice with organic Spanish chorizo.
Sohofama, G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2858 8238
2. Rummin’ Tings
If you’re looking for chill vibes, fresh flavours and cocktails with a kick, new restaurant and bar Rummin’ Tings is for you. Located on Hollywood Road, the Carribean-inspired ‘no reservations’ resto will have all the classics on offer. We’re talking jerk chicken wings, conch ceviche and a variety of rum cocktails, punch bowls and fresh juices.
Rummin’ Tings, G/F, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 2033, www.rummintings.hk
3. Lazy Hog
Since its opening in August, Lazy Hog has slowly become the coolest new hangout for a sinfully delicious cheat day. Led by the same team behind coffee spot loft10 and Chef Paula Azevedo (formerly of Catalunya), this casual eatery offers crispy pig ear nachos, huge hog nuggets stuffed with slow-cooked pork shoulder and a homey Creole-style paella.
Lazy Hog, 29 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2858 1321, www.facebook.com/lazyhoghk
4. Risi e Bisi
The Piccolo Group (who brought us French favourite Le Port Parfumé, Bistro du Vin and Piccolo Pizzeria and Bar) has just opened their latest venture: Risi e Bisi (read: rice and peas in Italian). Fashioned after a traditional Italian bàcaro bar, the trendy space features exposed brick walls juxtaposed against lush leather furnishings and moody lighting. As for the food, signatures include carbonara spaghetti with 63 degree egg and spicy lamb and pistachio meatballs.
Risi e Bisi, 12 Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2824 3009, www.risiebisi.com
Up and coming Kennedy Town continues to grow with new Irish-inspired restaurant Kinsale. This cozy eatery boasts sleek interiors, high ceilings and incredible natural light during the day with a small and focused menu of home comforts. Dishes include classics such as fish pie, zucchini spaghetti with fresh greens and lemon parmesan crumbs and a black forest cake trifle.
Kinsale, Shop 3, G/F, New Fortune House, 3 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2796 6004, www.facebook.com/kinsalehk
Helmed by former Nobu chef Erik Idos, Chino is another must-try in K-Town. With a funky mural painted by artist Aaron de Cruz and graphics designed by Stephanie Jung, this funky modern Mexican restaurant will serve a fusion of Mexican and Asian flavours. Think fish tacos, shrimp and clam tostadas and other nibbles.
Chino is set to open some time later this month.
Chino, 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.chinohk.com
Designed by Substance (the same agency behind Bibo), Sepa pens itself as a traditional Venetian bacaro with rustic interiors, washed out walls and a variety of tantalising Italian tapas. We particularly recommend their signature beetroot and tuna tartare with Jersualem artichoke sauce alongside a couple of fresh bellinis to wash it all down.
Sepa, 61 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 9800, www.sepa.com.hk
Spearheaded by chef Bryan Nagao, TOWN replaces the old Alba restaurant in the Cubus Building with an innovative menu that blends a whole variety of cultures and traditions into a unique and intriguing dining experience. The menu features light and healthy ingredients from France, Italy, Japan, Hawaii and Hong Kong and signatures such as Sicilian red prawn carpaccio with black truffle caviar, yuzu and croutons as well as sucking pig (which gets marinated overnight in a special Hawaiian sauce) served with clams, pancetta, baby spinach and miso broth.
The 3,000 square feet industrial-style space also has a cosy bar, balcony and a farm-house themed private room for 12 with white-washed ceilings, brick walls and planter boxes growing fresh herbs.
TOWN, 10/F, The Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
9. The Continental
Award-winning British chef Rowley Leigh is teaming with Swire to open The Continental Hong Kong this October in Pacific Place. The interiors have been designed by David Collins Studio, the same team behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay in London and Scarpetta in Miami. The menu draws inspiration from the grand cafés of Europe and features healthy ingredients from sustainable sources.
The Continental, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
10. Relais de l’Entrecôte
It’s time to say goodbye to Chez Patrick as Paris’ most iconic steakhouse, Relais de l’Entrecôte, takes its place this September in Wanchai. Fashioned after a typical French brasserie, the steakhouse specialises in steak frites (made famous by a secret family sauce) and a wide selection of homemade French desserts.
Relais de l’Entrecôte, Garden East, 222 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2891 9080, www.relaisentrecote.hk